Prize Day 2014
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116 students received awards at our 154th PRIZE DAY last Saturday morning (24th May) as we acknowledged and celebrated the many students who have made a significant contribution to the academic, cultural, pastoral and spiritual life of the school over the past academic year.
This is an important day in our academic calendar as we salute those who have given service, reward hard work and fair play, applaud determination and perseverance and recognise those who have given of their best.
The boys who received awards last Saturday did so not just because they had ability but because they have chosen to use it.
GUEST OF HONOUR, GREG MOORE (Class of 1982), President of the Union, accompanied by his wife Aisling, presented the boys with their prizes before an audience of proud parents and members of the teaching staff, past and present.
He was joined on stage by the Chairman of the Board, Mr John Murphy, Spiritual Director Fr. O’Brolchain, CSSp., Brian Herlihy and me. Greg urged the boys to value their time at Blackrock and to be loyal to the school and commit to the College Union. In congratulating the boys on their achievements he told them that the key to success is to never give up.
Kevin Heavey (6th Year), winner of the Gold Medal Debate, delivered a witty address in which he thanked the College management, his teachers and peers for a memorable 6 years at Blackrock and Willow Park.
The Prize Day saw Blackrock at its best – every student can, and should, aspire to be part of it.
An excellent morning for which I thank Mr Herlihy, Mr Sheil, Mr Dunne,
the Deans and Heads of Department for their organisation, Mr T O’Brien,
Ms Coyle and Mr Wyer for front of house and sound; Fintan O’Connor, Tommy Moore and our superb maintenance team, but most of all
my teaching colleagues in attendance, who by their presence ensure that this is the academic highlight of the year for the boys, their parents and the College.